International amateur boxing is headlined by teenage sensation Hopkin Ebanks at the Lions Centre this weekend.

Elite Marble & Granite have committed to the Cayman Islands Boxing Association to sponsor two international amateur boxing events a year and the first one is Saturday Fight Night on Oct. 17.

Spectators can expect a great night of matches with seven bouts scheduled for boxers from Cayman, the Bahamas, Trinidad and Tobago and the U.S.

Local boxing star Tafari Ebanks is at the world championships in Qatar, but his cousin, middleweight Hopkin, tops the bill against the talented and highly regarded Trinidadian Reynold Belcon.

Hopkin has some big show experience under his belt, having recently fought in Samoa where he represented Cayman at the Youth Commonwealth Games and goes into the fight in a confident mood.

Hopkin has already beaten a boxer from Trinidad, Dexter Villaroel, last year at the Carnival of Boxing event at Mango Tree.

His preparation has gone well in recent weeks too with CIBA bringing in Trinidadian Christian McDonald a few weeks ahead of the event, providing Hopkin with some great sparring.

CIBA’s after-school program has many female boxers and two of them get to showcase their skills in the opening bout. Chamveria Dalhouse and Hepsiba Angel are excited and cannot wait to fight in front of what promises to be a big crowd.

The same goes for Rashawn Powery from West Bay who is taking on Brandon Cunha of East End.

These two young boxers highlight some of the mushrooming boxing talent being produced by CIBA’s after-school program and big things are expected of these two young men in the future.

There is also a unique fight on the card, as government minister Alva Suckoo is going to fight policeman Michael “Bobby” Peart, a matchup that has really caught the public’s imagination.

Suckoo has been training hard for the fight and was seen this week sparring with McDonald and he impressed onlookers.

Gates open at 6 p.m. and the first bout starts at 7 p.m. Advance tickets priced at $20 are available from Jacques Scott Liquor stores, as well as Pop-A-Top and Joe Ena’s Liquor Stores in West Bay, or can be purchased at the gate for $25.

Cayman Compass: 13 October, 2015